Elwood ‘so fortunate’ to join WGN

Patrick Elwood

Patrick Elwood

Patrick Elwood, the former reporter and noon news anchor who was forced out after 15 years at WFLD-Channel 32, has landed part-time work at WGN-Channel 9.

Elwood debuted Friday on the Tribune Broadcasting station as a freelance reporter. “As a native Chicagoan who’s worked here for several years, he clearly knows the city,” said WGN news director Greg Caputo. “And I’m glad he’ll be able to do some reporting for us.”

Elwood was among numerous Chicago news veterans who were purged from Fox 32 last year as management remade the station. He was succeeded in his last role as feature reporter on “Good Day Chicago” by Jake Hamilton, former movie reviewer for KRIV-TV, the Fox station in Houston.

A fourth generation South Side Chicagoan and University of Texas graduate, Elwood joined Fox 32 in 1999 from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

“It's been a crazy couple months but as John Lennon sings 'Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.’ ” Elwood wrote on his Facebook page. “So from the station of the 3 Stooges to the station of the Family Classics, I'm so fortunate to be a part of Chicago's Very Own! Ready or not here I go!”